13 Startling Lies by Sinners in the Bible
Humans are not without flaws. The liars of the Bible serve as examples of those who are considered sinners in the eyes of the Catholic church and its ideal of religious perfection.
1. The Serpent Lies to Eve
He has been called Satan and he has been called the Devil, but no matter what terminology you use, he will always be "The Father of Lies."
Adam and Eve were in Eden, the garden of God. We know from scripture that they had a close relationship with God. God had also given them a commandment:
Genesis 2:17 "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the lord God had made."
Satan asked a question that caused Eve to doubt the words she had heard from God. Her confusion is shown by the fact that she mentions to Adam that they weren’t even supposed to touch the tree, lest they should die. Satan went on to tell Eve that she would be "as a god" herself if she would do this.
Genesis 3:5 "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Interesting, isn’t this the same thing that got Satan kicked out of heaven? Verse six tells us she went ahead and ate the fruit, then gave some of it to Adam.
2. Abraham Lies to the Pharaoh
12:11 "And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt,
that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a
fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. And it came to pass, that, when Abraham was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house."
3. Abraham Lies to Abimelech
In this scene, Abraham is called by God to leave his homeland of Haran. Abraham fears the Egyptians will kill him in order to have Sarai, so he to lies, telling the people that Sarai was his sister. Strife breaks out between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot. One of the great lines of the Bible occurs in Genesis, when "Abrams" name is changed to "Abraham," and "Sarais" name is changed to "Sarah."
4. Sarah Lies to God
"Sarah denied it however, saying, 'I did not laugh;' for she was afraid."
In this scene, Sarah denies that she had laughed because she was afraid. Then Sarah denies saying, "I did not laugh." She denied saying "I did not laugh," thinking nobody could contradict her. She told this lie because she was afraid, but to conceal a lie from an all-seeing eye is impossible, and she was told to her shame, "Thou didst laugh."
5. Jacob Lies to Isaac
Genesis 27:19 "And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me."
6. Isaac Lies to Abimelech
When the men of that place asked about his wife, Isaac answered, "She is my sister." He was afraid to say "my wife," believing that the men of that place would kill him to get Rebekah, because she was such an attractive woman.
26:6-11 "And when he was questioned by the men of the place about his wife, he said, 'She is my sister;' fearing to say, 'She is my wife;' for, he said, the men of the place may put me to death on account of Rebekah; because she is very beautiful."
There is nothing in Isaac's denial of his wife to be imitated, nor even excused.
7. Sons of Jacob Lie to Jacob
Genesis 37:32 "And they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, 'This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or not.'"
They took the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, "We have found this."
8. Laban Lies to Jacob
Upon Jacob's arrival in "the land of the people of the east," he encountered some
shepherds from Haran who knew Jacob's relatives there. Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son. She ran and told her father Jacob was in love with her and had asked to marry her. When the time came for the marriage, Laban resorted to a wedding night switch that resulted in Jacob marrying Rachel's older sister Leah (pronounced in Hebrew as lay-ah) instead.
"And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, 'What is this you have done to me?' Laban said, 'It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born.'"
9. Potifar's Wife Lies to Him
Genesis 39:17 "Then she told him this story: 'That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.'"
Joseph's mistress, having tried in vain to make him a guilty man, endeavored to be avenged on him: "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness."
10. Rahab Lies to Jerico Men
Joshua 2:4 "But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them."
And she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from." We are sure this was a good work; it is so spoken of by the apostle:
Jas 2:25 "And she did it by faith, such a faith as set her above the fear of man."
11. Saul Lies to David
And Saul said to David, "Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the lord's battles."
"And David said unto Saul, 'Who am I? And what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?'
But it came to pass at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.
And now Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.
And Saul said, 'I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.'
And Saul commanded his servants, saying, 'Commune with David secretly, and say, 'Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son-in-law.'
And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David.
And the servants of Saul told him, saying, 'On this manner spake David.'"
12. Michal Lies to Saul
"And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth."
13.Sapphira and Ananias Lie to Peter
A man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property.
"Then Peter said, 'Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?'"
About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
Peter said to her, 'How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?' At that moment she fell down at his feet and died."
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Sermon by Jonathan Edwards
© 2009 Chesterton Wilde